Public Art Category

Environmental

From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

September 29, 2014

The 5×5 Project

On view in Washington DC until December 2014

Washington DC – September marks an exciting time for public art with the recent opening of The 5×5 Project. This public art program is organized by five established curators, each of whom selected five artists to create site-specific works that explore the culture, history and sites of Washington DC. This is the second installation of … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

September 17, 2014

Old and New in Rhode Island

Tradition and innovation merge to benefit the community

Rhode Island (2011) – The recent unveiling of Maya Lin’s design The Meeting Room—a park redesign intended to improve and reenergize Queen Anne Square in the center of Newport, Rhode Island—reveals the challenges involved in placing public art in Rhode Island. This state prides itself on being home to more historic structures per capita than … Read More

Martina Windels | On Location, Public Art Review

August 25, 2014

Where People Gather

Maya Lin’s work on the Confluence Project honors the past, and the project’s new executive director reaches out to the public on behalf of the future

Back in 1999, when Vancouver, Washington, nonprofit leader Jane Jacobsen first learned of a potential $500,000 gift to fund a public art project commemorating the upcoming bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition, the bare outline of how to spend the money was immediately obvious. “Let’s start in the West, where Lewis … Read More

Jacqueline White | On Location, Public Art Review

August 13, 2014

Happy City

Charles Montgomery

Although not explicitly about public art, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by journalist Charles Montgomery gives plenty of reasons why we need public art in our cities and where such art should be placed to have the greatest effect. Montgomery makes a compelling case that the cities we have built, especially in the … Read More

Reviewed by Thomas Fisher | Books, Public Art Review

August 1, 2014

Interview with Frances Whitehead: Podcast

Frances Whitehead loves disturbed sites. Once a sculptor with a successful studio practice, Whitehead now uses her artistic expertise to transform abandoned public spaces into places of environmental stewardship and civic engagement. One of her most recent endeavors is working as lead artist for a massive placemaking project in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and fellow artist … Read More

August 1, 2014

Portrait of the Artist as a Leader

Frances Whitehead, lead artist on Chicago’s 606 project, tells Public Art Review about her role and how she got there

On a ragged day at the end of 2014’s rough winter, a Chicago wind nudged around the corners of a few construction trailers parked behind a chain link fence on a vacant lot just off the Kennedy Expressway. At the start of the construction season, there wasn’t much to recommend this shabby and largely forgotten … Read More

July 14, 2014

The Accidental Environmentalist

Mary Jo Aagerstoun, founder of EcoArt South Florida, gives an update on her work

The wet, low-lying landscape of southern Florida is fertile ground for ecological restoration: Many of the area’s natural water systems have been dammed, diked, drained, or polluted; nearby ocean waters face serious environmental threats; and the region is especially vulnerable to the effects of hurricanes and climate change. These critical issues are partly what prompted … Read More

Keith Goetzman | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

July 4, 2014

Artists and Parks

How artists shape our shared spaces

At the Tolt River–John MacDonald Park near Carnation, Washington, artist Elizabeth Conner recently spent six months with staff scientists from King County’s natural resource divisions. Together they monitored fish biology and the water’s movement at a flood plain restoration site. But Conner asked different questions and used different words than the scientists to describe what … Read More

Carolyn Law with Matthew Stadler | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

June 30, 2014

Made in Taiwan

Environmental art on the Beautiful Island

Portuguese explorers gave Taiwan the name Ilha Formosa (beautiful island) for the striking beauty of its rich, natural landscape. Today, Taiwan—with its bustling, industrialized urban centers—faces the environmental consequences of high population density and the rapid industrialization behind the “Taiwan Economic Miracle” of the past five decades. As in other areas of the world, public … Read More

Elizabeth Wilson | On Location, Public Art Review

June 25, 2014

A Green Way Through

How public artist Vicki Scuri made a new highway more palatable

Sandpoint, Idaho – U.S. Highway 95 is the main north-south route through Idaho. Yet until recently, it slowed to 25 miles per hour in Sandpoint, a small city on the state’s panhandle. Big trucks, often dragging more than one trailer, struggled to make the tight turns through Sandpoint’s historic downtown. Crossing Fifth Avenue on foot … Read More